This Week in SALS Youth Services

May 13, 2016

Short and sweet

This week I want to highlight the Early Learning Spaces workshop that will be presented to you on Thursday June 9th. Don't forget to sign up for the workshop - it will actually be fun.

It is always a wonderful thing for me to walk into a library and see what I learned in a workshop present itself in the real world. This past Monday I spent the early afternoon at the Bancroft Library in Salem, getting to know the new director Phyllis Alberici (please don't hesitate to give her a warm email welcome) and then briefly met with Karen Hickland.

Bancroft is a small library with a nook of a children's area and Karen has transformed the space into an Early Learning mecca for young readers. Salem's local youth association became defunct, and they gave what money remained in their account to the library, to be used for youth projects. The money is going to fund the play space and activity boxes. The play space will probably use around half that money; the activity boxes have used less than $100 at this point. The library also has story time bags that were funded by a donation from the Friends of the Library.

When I was at the library the Garden Center was ready for busy hands to play and learn.
To date the following play spaces were created:

-Breakfast Cafe

-Veterinarian's Office


-Building Site

-Garden Center

The others Karen has lined up and ready to go:

-Ice Cream Shop

-Pizza Parlor

-Puppet Theater (not quite ready, but close)

And then she is still debating how/if to do:

-Taco Stand

-Post Office

-Grocery Store or Farm Stand

-Community Helpers (fire department, police, etc.)

If you want to learn more about the play space please contact Karen at the library.

(518) 854-7463

3, 2, 1, Blast off

Michael Hadfield of the Corinth Free Library was invited to attend NASA's Mission to Mars Workshop in Waterville, NY as a presenter. He did a talk on implementing NASA training (he attended a training in 2013, and used the materials extensively) and also led several breakout sessions demonstrating kid-oriented projects that are easy, inexpensive and fun!

On Thursday May 19th, the Corinth Free Library will be launching impressive rockets on the football field at the school. For more information visit

Upcoming Events

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am-12pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

This component focuses on how libraries can best reach families with young children, particularly those who are most at risk for not being successful in the school years ahead. Participants will learn how to identify potential partners, based on information from the first component, and how to reach out and work with them. They will also learn how to reach families with young children who do not currently use the library and the important role that partnerships play in that outreach. Participants will learn how to develop an Early Literacy Partnership and Outreach Plan for their libraries.
Registration for morning session:

Early Learning Spaces

Thursday, June 9th, 1:30-3:30pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Questions addressed in this component include how to create an environment in libraries that supports early learning and literacy for all children regardless of the library’s size, staffing levels, budgets and community resources. The kinds of colors, activities, furnishings, flooring, lighting, toys, materials, and books chosen can impact the comfort levels of children from birth to six along with their parents or caregivers. Participants learn how to plan and develop early learning spaces, how to make spaces accessible and ADA compliant, and how to engage partners and end users in planning.



Indian Lake Public Library is the latest library to get their own personalized Beanstack site for the summer. Along with Crandall and the Galway Public Libraries, readers of all ages will get personalized emails with local library event information. Staff will have the ease of getting statistics and setting up rewards, badges and local school reading lists.

I can't wait to hear how well it goes this summer.

It is probably too late to get started for June, but Beanstack is ready when you are. You can get your own personalized site any time of the year and connect your readers to your team, library events and community partners.

News from LibraryLand

Save the Date AUGUST 3rd

KidLib Camp, scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, is an event for youth librarians hosted at Darien Library in Connecticut. Unlike traditional conferences and professional development days in which the topics, panels, and workshops are pre-determined by the organizers, on the day of KidLib Camp, the participants vote on what topics will be discussed and explored. The day also includes Guerilla Storytime and a Make Break with hands-on activities for participants. The keynote speaker is Courtney Waring, director of education at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

The event is free and lunch is provided. Darien Library is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is an easy trip on MetroNorth from New York. Register at

If anyone is interested, I will carpool from SALS with a nice early start - it's a beautiful drive.

ALSC has updated its Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles! The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. All of the reading lists are available to patrons on Beanstack:
Attention NYLA and YSS members! We're looking for photos of your furry friends for the 2017 YSS Publication Committee Calendar! Send us a picture of your pet reading a good book or posing in a literary scene and it could be included in the calendar! Send original photographs (high resolution) only along with author of work to Matt Krueger,
The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016. Please feel free to contact Matt with any questions. Calendars will be available for purchase at the annual NYLA conference in November!